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No Mandatory Shields

from the Hockey News,

The American League has made visors mandatory for all players starting this season, but for players in the NHL the wearing of visors remains a discretionary option. Under terms of the collective bargaining agreement, any rule concerning use of visors must be agreed upon by the NHLPA. “The majority of our members feel that wearing a visor is a matter of individual preference,” said Mike Gartner, director of hockey affairs for the NHLPA. That doesn’t mean the NHLPA thinks the majority opinion is necessarily correct.
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Blogging Hockey

I see NHL.com added a new blogger. What an opportunity and it is much appreciated!

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Attend Any Game

Designed for concert tickets, but you can "hack" it to design any type of ticket you want. note: the server is getting hit hard today, so you may have to try it a few times. image

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Still No Decision

from the Pittsburgh Post- Gazette,

An NHL-imposed deadline passed yesterday with no immediate word on a response from or action taken by the Russian hockey federation. That leaves the status of Penguins prospect Evgeni Malkin -- who yesterday turned 20 -- uncertain. An NHL spokesman late yesterday said he did not know of any news from Russia or the IIHF, and a Penguins spokesman said the team had not heard anything.
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It Just May Work

from Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press,

I unroll my Joe Namath poster. I dig out my Mickey Lolich trading cards. "What are you doing?" my coworker asks. "Didn't you hear?" I say. "Dominik Hasek is back. He's the Red Wings' goalie again." "So?" he says. "So?" I say. "Who knows what's next?" I find my white shoes from the Billy (White Shoes) Johnson era. I pull them over my Fab Five gym shorts. I lift an old can of hairspray, Dry Control, by Vitalis.
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Good News For TV Viewers

from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

-The NHL’s most vexing officiating problem - Diving - is being examined and re-examined, in the hopes of producing a better handle on the penalty next season. Meanwhile, don’t expect any notable rule changes. League officials believe both fans and players need another year to fully digest and acclimatize themselves to the new standard. -Expect some startling improvements in team telecasts next season. We’re told the NHL’s pro-active, new TV guru, John Shannon, made an emphatic impression with team production people at the recent league-wide meetings. The results will be on screen starting in October! -John Davidson means business in St. Louis. He’s added Doug Weight, Jay McKee, Bill Guerin and Dan Hinote. Expect a vet goalie to arrive within the next weeks. How about Manny Legace?
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A Seinfeldian Theme

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

Sportswriters are generally viewed as occupational hazards by front-office officials — disliked, tolerated, occasionally respected, but hardly viewed as the type you'd want to bring into the organization. That's why Doug Risebrough's decision to make Boston Red Sox beat writer Chris Snow the Minnesota Wild's director of hockey operations did more than raise eyebrows. It was a shocker. Risebrough, the Wild's president and general manager, laughed when he was asked whether his move was met with disapproval by his National Hockey League colleagues. “What I've found most amusing is the reaction from the media,” he said. “They're saying, ‘What were you thinking?' I'm saying, ‘What's the big deal?'”
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Take A Deep Breath

from the News & Observer,

Jones -- who broke the law by tearing jerseys down from Union Square statues dressed up for the Canes' playoff run -- blasted the Historical Commission for its silence about the jerseys during the 2002 playoffs and again this year. "Do you think Andrew Jackson, sitting majestically on his horse while wearing a Hurricanes jersey was awe-inspiring and thought provoking?" Jones said to the commission. "No, it was a distraction and derailed the purpose of the monument to both educate and honor."
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Real Hope For Minnesota

from CBS Sportsline,

Well, so much for using the "F-word" to describe the Minnesota Wild these days. And if frugal doesn't apply anymore, neither does cheapskate or any similar labels often associated with an organization that has sold out almost every home game it has played but has put only one playoff team on the ice since joining the NHL in the 2000-01 season. In the space of a few short weeks this summer, the Wild has pointedly shifted gears. They have become big spenders -- not to mention legitimate playoff contenders -- by undertaking a remodeling effort that would make Ty from Extreme Makeover proud.
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Wings Talking With Carter

Ken Holland was just on WDFN in Detroit and mentioned if he could get Anson Carter to agree to a one year deal, they just may have something. But Carter wants a longer term deal and Holland only wants a player to commit to a deal for one year. Ken also mentioned he is talking with a few teams who may have that type of player available. He is looking for someone to score 20-25 goals and also stated if things work out with this type of player, he would extend a contract offer like he did with Samuelsson.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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